During the years after Vatican II, the Holy Spirit continued to guide and broaden the Church’s appreciation of the theology of ministry and the place of the laity in it.
Pope Paul VI in 1972 established the offices of lector and acolyte as lay ministries. In so doing he declared: “Ministries may be committed to lay Christians. They are no longer regarded as reserved to candidates for the sacrament of orders.” The Pope’s declaration that ministry should be open to lay Catholics has continued to be gladly embraced by the Catholic Faithful.
Several years later, Paul VI taught: “The laity can also feel called, or in fact be called, to cooperate with their pastors in the service of the ecclesial community, for the sake of its growth and life.”
Pope John Paul II spoke of lay ministries on many occasions. In 1988, he strongly urged pastors to “acknowledge and foster the ministries, offices, and roles of the lay faithful that find their foundation in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation” (Christifideles Laici, 23).
Our Sacred Heart community is vibrant, alive and very blessed in its diversity of ministries.
The Diocesan Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Minors requires all clergy, employees, volunteers that directly serve minors, volunteers that work in food pantries/provide meal service, provide ministerial service in private homes, adults administering service in an after school program, and minors to attend training on an annual basis:
Sacred Heart Ministries
Anyone interested in this most important ministry must be in the fourth grade or older and have received First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation to be eligible. Adults are also invited to become altar servers. The Altar Server Coordinating Team assists in the altar servers’ liturgical training.
Bereavement/ Grief Support Group
This support program consists of six weekly sessions that help people to know what to expect during the grieving process. Individuals are given the chance to share their thoughts and feelings in an environment of understanding and empathy, and are provided the tools needed for recovery and healing.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (The Atrium)
This ministry provides a Montessori based Catechesis for children ages three through twelve. The Catechesis provides a special place for children to come to know and enjoy God’s presence in their lives. The mission is to support catechists and parents in understanding the religious potential of children. The program provides Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist. (Also called The Atrium).
Catholic Adult Education
This ministry teaches parishioners about their Catholic faith and provides them with tools to live out their baptismal calling to discipleship. It provides adults with ongoing faith formation and spiritual growth. Various courses on scripture, doctrine, church and spirituality are presented at various times throughout the year.
Cenacles at Sacred Heart
(2nd Saturday bi-monthly in the Forum from 10 – noon)
Marian Laity prayer group. Cenacle means “Upper Room”. We come together in prayer as did the apostles in union with Mary as they awaited the descent of the Holy Spirit. Marian Movement of Priests was started by Fr. Gobbi in 1972 and has spread worldwide. Everyone is welcome anytime at any of these Cenacles.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
This beautiful worship experience for children in kindergarten through 4th grade takes place each week at the 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass during the Liturgy of the Word. A team of 3 leaders prepares the environment and leads the children in prayer and reflection upon the scriptures for each week’s mass.
Doug McMurrin, Director
Common Grounds / Parish Library
All are welcome in the Library where volunteers from Common Grounds will serve JustCoffee and donuts after the 7 am, 9 am and 11 am Mass. We will be open every Sunday except when the Knights have their monthly pancake breakfast. As a hospitality minister of Common Grounds not only will you have the opportunity to serve your fellow parishioners, you will also have the chance to get to know the person who sits in the pew next to you or to be the welcoming face to the newcomer at Sacred Heart.
Contemplative Prayer Group
The purpose of this ministry is to strengthen and support participants in their own unique spiritual journey, helping them to find and enter their “inner space”. Then, in touch with their own center where God dwells within them, they find themselves better able to discern the outward actions that God desires of them. This group meets every Monday morning at
Eucharistic Ministers distribute the Holy Eucharist in church, hospitals, to local nursing homes, and to persons who are homebound. The ministers must be fully initiated in the Catholic Church and 16 years of age and older. Training is required.
The members of this committee are comprised of parishioners and staff appointed by the Pastor to help review and set the budget recommendations for the Parish.
Funeral Luncheon Ministry
This ministry is for both men and women and prepares and serves brunch/lunch for the bereaved family of any parish member after a funeral Mass. This group is comprised of 10 teams who are called on 4 or 5 times a year. Members serve by working in the kitchen; bringing a salad, desert, or casserole; setting up tables & chairs; or cleaning up after the meal.
Infant Baptism Class (English Language)
This program meets the Diocese of Phoenix requirements in preparing parents for infant baptism and to reinforce the parental responsibilities and joys of ongoing religious education in the home and parish settings.
Small-scale farmers everywhere deserve a decent wage for their hard work. JustCoffee is a Fair Trade coffee that is sold at Sacred Heart after weekend Masses. Fair Trade means more money from the sale of this coffee goes directly to the struggling growers.
This ministry educates and motivates parishioners in the area of Catholic teachings on Peace & Social Justice. The Bible, the seven themes of Social Justice, books and videos are used with dialogue and discussion. Meetings are scheduled in 4 phases of 6 sessions each.
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
The JPIC ministry enables people to develop a passion for justice expressed in concrete acts of social ministry. Faith in action is demonstrated for the poor and vulnerable of our community. Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month in the Library from 12:30 – 2:30.
Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) Evangelization
This ministry is for men and women who are 21 years of age and over, who feel called to evangelize youth who are in residence at the Juvenile Detention Center in Prescott. A priest accompanies our group as we give hope to these young people by sharing God’s love through scripture and faith. We meet 6 times per year on Sundays from 1-2 p.m. at the JDC in Prescott.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization bound together to assist our families in times of need, to support the local Catholic Church and priests, to provide community welfare, and to enhance our faith. We sponsor programs such as the annual Tootsie Roll Drive, Highway Clean-up, Monthly Pancake Breakfast, Annual Scholarship Awards, Student of the Month awards for Sacred Heart School, and many, many more. Contact Joe for more information.
Lectio Divina Prayer Group
Participants in this group read the Sunday Gospel, reflect on the Word in light of one’s experiences, study the Scripture reading, and pray. Meetings are Tuesday mornings at 9:30 in the St. Elizabeth Seton room.
Legion of Mary Praesidium
Members perform spiritual and corporal works of mercy to bring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to those who are unable to attend church by taking Communion to the home bound, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They assist our priests when they celebrate Mass at the various facilities and provide bulletins for the residents who otherwise would be unable to stay in touch with the parish. They also provide holy cards and rosaries, and other sacramental’s. Members should be able to regularly attend the Legion’s Thursday meetings at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Thomas Aquinas Room as well as dedicate two to three hours a week to the works described above.
Lenten Soup Suppers to Benefit the Claretian Seminary
The mission of the Serra Club is to support vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the Phoenix Diocese and Claretian Missionary Seminarians by sponsoring annual Lenten Soup Suppers. Sacred Heart parishioners volunteer their support during the six Fridays of Lent. All proceeds are divided equally between Diocesan and Claretian seminarians.
Life Connections Pregnancy Help Center
Are you pregnant and in need of help? Life Connections is here for you with FREE pregnancy tests, resources, referrals, and “Earn While You Learn” classes on all aspects of pregnancy, child care and child development. Earn “baby bucks” to spend on baby clothes, food, diapers and all types of baby items in our newly expanded Baby Boutique.
We’re open 10-4 at 7875 E. Florentine, Suite C, Prescott Valley, AZ. 86314 We’re here to help Moms, Dads and babies! Volunteers always needed & trained. Donations welcome!!
Life Teen High School Youth
Life Teen is our youth ministry program for youth who are currently in high school (9th through 12th grade). The focus of our Life Nights is to bring teens closer to Christ through catechesis, Scripture, prayer, and discussion. Life Nights are Sundays after the 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Mass.
Light of the World
The LOTW retreat is an excellent opportunity to embrace Jesus as one’s personal Savior and in the context of renewing our experience with the Sacraments of Initiation Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Check the bulletin/website for the dates
Marriage Preparation (9 months in advance)
After you become engaged, you should contact the office to schedule your first appointment with one of our parish priests. At that time you will be provided with all the information you will need to complete the marriage preparation process.
Men’s Spirituality Group
This ministry provides a forum for men who are interested in strengthening their relationship with God through prayer and discussion based upon spiritual writings and Scripture. Meetings usually last 90 minutes and are held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month after the 7 am Mass.
Ministers of the Word (Lectors)
Together with the priest or deacon, ministers are responsible for presenting the Word of God to our people gathered in worship. Fully initiated adults who have a love of Scripture and a desire to share it with others attend a series of workshops to be trained for this beautiful ministry. Watch the bulletin or contact Tom about upcoming training sessions.
Natural Family Planning (NFP)
The Natural Family Planning ministry promotes discussion of the theological, moral and ethical issues surrounding the use of NFP vs. contraception, and provides an educational resource for couples interested in using NFP. This ministry positively impacts the community by teaching married couples to live within the context of the church’s direction for married love and life. Participants are instructed in the method of child spacing that can enhance marriage and strengthen the couple in their commitment to live faithfully.
Oblates of St. Benedict
This group is made up of Christian men and women who have associated themselves with a Benedictine community in order to enrich their spiritual life. The Prescott Chapter is affiliated with the Tucson Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Our Chapter meets once monthly on the third Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30. Inquirers are welcomed at any meeting.
Padre Pio Prayer Group
This prayer group spreads devotion to Padre Pio by studying his spirituality. We aid priestly vocations through prayer, and promote corporal and spiritual works of mercy in his memory. Through his powerful intercession, people have experienced physical healing, renewed faith, conversion and many other spiritual and temporal blessings. All are welcome anytime at our prayer group. On the 1st Tues. of every month, we celebrate with a rosary, prayers and Mass.
The Council’s purpose is to work with and advise the Pastor in the assessment of both the spiritual and material needs, and in the development and implementation of policies and plans to meet those needs. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month.
Sacred Heart has continuous adoration 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except during the Holy Week Triduum. Regular hourly adorers, as well as substitute adorers are always needed before Our Lord in the Precious Blood Adoration Chapel.
Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank
Ministry participants serve as volunteers at the Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank (PCCFB) to offer an emergency food source for those who are temporarily in need of help. Volunteers help to collect non-perishable foods at Sunday Mass and distribute it at the PCCFB. PCCFB partners with Catholic Charities.
Pro-Life Prayer Group
As the battle between the culture of life and the culture of death enters its fortieth year, it is more important than ever to gather together to pray for the return of America and all the world, to a respect for all life at every stage. The Pro-Life Prayer Group meets every Thursday at 2 pm in the Upper Room of the Youth Center to pray for this most essential cause. All are welcome anytime.
Rachel’s Vineyard Post-Abortion Healing Ministry
If you or someone you know is suffering from the loss of a child through abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth or any other child loss, then Rachel’s Vineyard Healing Retreat is for you. Come & receive God’s love and dignity for you and your child (ren). Weekend retreats are normally held twice a year. All is confidential. Come and find peace, healing and restoration.
RCIA and CIC
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) – This ministry prepares adults to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, thereby becoming fully initiated Catholics. Eligible are those who have never been baptized, baptized in another denomination, or baptized Catholic but never catechized.
Christian Initiation of Children (CIC) – This ministry prepares young people ages seven through high school to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, thereby becoming fully initiated Catholics. Eligible are those who have never been baptized, baptized in another denomination or baptized Catholic but never catechized. The CIC program is family centered and multi-age, with parents attending all classes with their children.
Sacred Heart Catholic School
Sacred Heart School offers a fully accredited Pre-K through 8th grade program. Parents are recognized as the primary educators of their children. The school strives to cultivate our Catholic faith, service, and stewardship in all that our children do to become leaders in our communities.
Sacred Heart School Board: Annette Trujillo: 778-5266
Sacred Heart School Booster Club: Dorothy Wise: 778-6985
SH Parent Teacher Organization: Tashia Irvine: 636-0406
Sacred Heart Preschool
Sacred Heart Preschool nurtures children through Catholic instruction, to help them grow spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally and academically. We follow the curriculum of the Diocese of Phoenix and the Early Learning Standards from the Arizona Dept. of Education.
Sacristans give of their time to help make the liturgy run smoothly by setting up the altar and preparing for each Mass, as well as cleaning up afterwards. This requires time both before and after each Mass. Training is required.
Safe Environment Training
A diocesan requirement for all parish volunteers, Safe Environment Training helps us with the information we need to recognize and report predatory or abusive behavior.
Sacred Heart Seniors Group
This ministry provides a friendly environment for seniors to gather and socialize. Membership is $5 per year and includes luncheons, as well as reduced-price planned casino trips, movie days, free bingo, crafts, and much more. Drawings and door prizes are part of our lunches. Meetings held on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am, in the Forum.
Special Needs Services
Participation in this ministry provides opportunities for those who have special needs to learn to share spiritually, to grow in love of God and of each other, and to have social and spiritual outings. Meetings are throughout the year from September through May.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Ministry volunteers help the poor and suffering in time of need through personal contact. Ministers go two by two, carrying the Love of Jesus and offering prayer and all kinds of material support. Meetings are normally every Wed. at 9:30 am in the St. Anthony Claret room. Training is done “on the job.”
Study of the Mystics
Catholics can learn a lot by studying the great mystics in our Church history. It is the mystics who have developed new ideas for spiritual growth and new understandings of the unique role that the Catholic church plays in the world. This Sacred Heart group meets every Wednesday morning at 9 am.
The Sacred Heart Supper Club for the Homeless
Is held the second Sunday of every month. You can bring food that’ s ready to serve, you can help serve, or you can do both. Please bring your food to the lower level of Sacred Heart Church by 2:00 pm on the day of the supper. If you wish to lend a hand, 1:30 pm is the time to be there.
S.W.A.P. Sharing with a Passion
This group delivers prepared food to the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter on the 1st Thursday of each month. Deliveries are made between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m.
The Edge Middle School Youth
The Edge is a program focused around youth in 6th through 8th grade. The Edge invites youth to learn more about their faith through a variety of activities including prayer, catechesis, and Scripture. The Edge meets Monday nights in the Youth Garage from 6:30-8pm. Edgers are encouraged to attend the 5pm Sunday Youth Mass.
Third Order of Carmelites
Carmelites are a community dedicated to the pursuit of prayer in intimate conversation with the Father. The challenge of Carmel is to seek God’s presence in prayer while living an active, busy life in the midst of the world. We quietly listen to the Word, which is formed in our hearts. Email prayer requests: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers for this ministry provide orderly seating and assistance for handicapped individuals at each weekend Mass. They help with the traffic flow, taking up collections, assist at the presentation of the gifts, during Communion, and with the distribution of bulletins.
The wedding Coordinator helps the bride and groom with carrying out the wedding ceremony, and making sure that everything runs smoothly during the rehearsal and wedding ceremony.
Young Apostles Program
Sacred Heart’s Young Apostle Program focuses on strengthening leadership skills and knowledge of the faith. YAP prepares teens spiritually and intellectually to deal with life’s toughest issues. This is a formation program for high school aged youth to dive deeper into their faith through study, service, fellowship and evangelization. Over the course of a 4 year rotation, we study the following topics: Theology of the Body for Teens, Morality, Prayer and Spirituality, Pope Pius XII Curriculum, Ad Altare Dei Curriculum, YoutCat, Sacred Scripture & Sacred Tradition, Apologetics.
Our Youth Ministry Program encompasses youth from 6th grade through to young adults in their 30’s. Overall, our main goal is leading teens and young adults closer to Christ, through the sacraments, Catechism, and other faith-based activities. Volunteers are encouraged to participate and help as much as they’re able to. Our Youth Ministry Program is devoted to leading our youth closer to Christ and instilling a sense of community, a strong foundation of faith, and a desire to served others.